coloured orange

I look at the calendar and it is the middle of May and we are far below normal in temps with Monday's forecast having the possibility of snow and still I want the color and form of flowers... so I went to my back pages.

all in memory of mother

I came across this orange lady bug on an orange what I take to be either an aster or a zinnia.

It was morning and the lady bug was sitting on the flower probably warming up for the day's activities.

Then there was this interesting tidbit.

According to Health Canada, Asian lady beetles were brought to North America in the 1970s to control crop-eating insects. But entomologist Taz Stuart told CTV news that unlike ladybugs native to North American, the Asian lady beetle has been known to bite.

"They look like a ladybug, and at this time of year they're coming in from the crops and the fields, and now looking for a place to stay over the winter and hibernate," Stuart said.

The only way to tell these lady bugs from our native ones is a M-shaped marking behind their heads and from the look of this lady bug one would say it is one of our native lady beetles.

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Nikon D7100
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f5 1/1250 105mm

Taken September 13, 2017.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 05/10/20 20:47
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 05/10/20 20:48

even the lowly dandelion has not made an appearance so far this 2020

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 05/10/20 20:49

A simple flower composition but one I liked with the one petal thrown across the face of the blossom to create a shy feel to the flower.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 05/10/20 20:50

One day we are experiencing above normal temperatures and then Spring reality comes back to bite one with snow and cold temperatures. I really wanted to get a picture of flowers outside but I had to be happy with these tulips at the Conservatory in Assiniboine Park here in Winnipeg. That was 2012... feels very similar this year but since the new Conservatory has not been completed this image will have to suffice.

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Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Tue, 05/12/20 13:06

All very nice but like the OP with the ladybug the best.;-)

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 05/13/20 07:50

This was an image I took of an artificial sunflower displayed in a window. There was shadowing across the upper part of the sunflower and so I applied the following effects and I ended up with this very vividly colored and slightly blurry image with the sense of the sunflower being on fire.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 05/13/20 07:51

The Oriental Poppy bud was shot at the English Garden at Assiniboine Park.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 05/13/20 07:52

A little soft but I found the pink color with the slight detailing brought a dreamlike quality to the image which I quite liked.

Comments by S Roter on Thu, 05/14/20 09:09

Thanks for brightening up the pages Jan. I like the OP the best,
although all the flowers are a delight to the eye. There seems to be
a lack of flowers in the neighborhood gardens around me. We had frost
a couple nights in a row, this past week. I just put out my first pot
of hanging roses on my balcony.
Stay safe everyone.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 05/16/20 08:26

A past year's visit to the English Gardens in Assiniboine Park after a rain produced some vivid colors along with an interesting textural feel. I like the way the daisy stood out against the background.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 05/16/20 08:27

water lilies in past years in Leo Mol Sculpture Garden at Assiniboine Park

Comments by les perry on Sat, 05/16/20 17:00

Liking the gas ring sunflower as well as the Ladybird which really stands out from the similar coloured bg, nice varied set!

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 05/16/20 18:54

Thank you Les for viewing and commenting. One simply wishes that these were current images but with our cool weather this Spring it would seem that these kind of images in our present world might be a way off.